Decatur Child Custody Lawyer, Illinois


Includes: Guardianships & Conservatorships, Custody & Visitation

Kent Alan Rathbun

Divorce & Family Law, Child Custody, Trusts, Americans with Disabilities Act
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  48 Years

Jarred Rahar

Collection, Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Thomas L Van Hook

Trusts, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Adoption, Americans with Disabilities Act
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  25 Years

Brittany R. Kink

Deportation, Child Custody, Trusts, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           
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David A. Kelm

Administrative Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  10 Years

Judy A. Baker

Trusts, Child Custody, Adoption, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

Deborah Frank Feinen

Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Adoption
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  28 Years

Casey K. Howard

Child Custody, Adoption, Criminal, Civil & Human Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  8 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

FOSTER CHILD

A child placed by a government agency or a court in the care of someone other than his or her natural parents. Foster children may be removed from their family ... (more...)
A child placed by a government agency or a court in the care of someone other than his or her natural parents. Foster children may be removed from their family home because of parental abuse or neglect. Occasionally, parents voluntarily place their children in foster care. See foster care.

FMLA

See Family and Medical Leave Act.

ATTORNEY FEES

The payment made to a lawyer for legal services. These fees may take several forms: hourly per job or service -- for example, $350 to draft a will contingency (... (more...)
The payment made to a lawyer for legal services. These fees may take several forms: hourly per job or service -- for example, $350 to draft a will contingency (the lawyer collects a percentage of any money she wins for her client and nothing if there is no recovery), or retainer (usually a down payment as part of an hourly or per job fee agreement). Attorney fees must usually be paid by the client who hires a lawyer, though occasionally a law or contract will require the losing party of a lawsuit to pay the winner's court costs and attorney fees. For example, a contract might contain a provision that says the loser of any lawsuit between the parties to the contract will pay the winner's attorney fees. Many laws designed to protect consumers also provide for attorney fees -- for example, most state laws that require landlords to provide habitable housing also specify that a tenant who sues and wins using that law may collect attorney fees. And in family law cases -- divorce, custody and child support -- judges often have the power to order the more affluent spouse to pay the other spouse's attorney fees, even where there is no clear victor.

GUARDIAN

An adult who has been given the legal right by a court to control and care for a minor or her property. Someone who looks after a child's property is called a '... (more...)
An adult who has been given the legal right by a court to control and care for a minor or her property. Someone who looks after a child's property is called a 'guardian of the estate.' An adult who has legal authority to make personal decisions for the child, including responsibility for his physical, medical and educational needs, is called a 'guardian of the person.' Sometimes just one person will be named to take care of all these tasks. An individual appointed by a court to look after an incapacitated adult may also be known as a guardian, but is more frequently called a conservator.

FITNESS

The ability of a prospective adoptive parent to provide for the best interests of a child. A court may consider many aspects of the prospective parents' lives i... (more...)
The ability of a prospective adoptive parent to provide for the best interests of a child. A court may consider many aspects of the prospective parents' lives in evaluating their fitness to adopt a child, including financial stability, marital stability, career obligations, other children, physical and mental health and criminal history.

FAULT DIVORCE

A tradition that required one spouse to prove that the other spouse was legally at fault, to obtain a divorce. The 'innocent' spouse was then granted the divorc... (more...)
A tradition that required one spouse to prove that the other spouse was legally at fault, to obtain a divorce. The 'innocent' spouse was then granted the divorce from the 'guilty' spouse. Today, 35 states still allow a spouse to allege fault in obtaining a divorce. The traditional fault grounds for divorce are adultery, cruelty, desertion, confinement in prison, physical incapacity and incurable insanity. These grounds are also generally referred to as marital misconduct.

LEGAL CUSTODY

The right and obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing, including schooling and medical care. Many states typically have both parents share legal... (more...)
The right and obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing, including schooling and medical care. Many states typically have both parents share legal custody of a child. Compare physical custody.

INCOMPATIBILITY

A conflict in personalities that makes married life together impossible. In a number of states, incompatibility is the accepted reason for a no-fault divorce. C... (more...)
A conflict in personalities that makes married life together impossible. In a number of states, incompatibility is the accepted reason for a no-fault divorce. Compare irreconcilable differences; irremediable breakdown.

ALIMONY

The money paid by one ex-spouse to the other for support under the terms of a court order or settlement agreement following a divorce. Except in marriages of lo... (more...)
The money paid by one ex-spouse to the other for support under the terms of a court order or settlement agreement following a divorce. Except in marriages of long duration (ten years or more) or in the case of an ailing spouse, alimony usually lasts for a set period, with the expectation that the recipient spouse will become self-supporting. Alimony is also called 'spousal support' or 'maintenance.'

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Sophia GL

... Judge Love did not respond. On September 13, 2006, Andrew filed a contest to registration of the Indiana child custody determination. ... It's anticipated under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act that Judges are supposed to talk to one another. ...

In re Custody of MCC

... 518, 544 NE2d 1293. It is clear, however, that physical custody is not determined based on physical possession of the child at time the custody petition is filed. ... 690, 491 NE2d 1150 (1986) (standing "should not turn on" who had the child when the custody petition was filed). ...

Smith v. Freeman

... 1072 In Sorenson, a petition for dissolution of marriage was at issue, including child custody. ... 640, 487 NE2d 84. Moreover, since the circuit court retains jurisdiction during the child's minority, this serves as an added protection in child custody cases. ...